Day After Reaction: Rangers show some life, fall to Blues 5-3

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The Rangers continue their road swing, losing to the St. Louis Blues 5-3 last night in St. Louis.

Some life shown by the Rangers there, fighting back and tying it at one, and then twice bringing the game to a goal. The Rangers are slowly getting their groove back folks, and when healthy and all tuned into AV’s system, they’ll be good to go.

What I saw during the horrendous second period in which 3 goals were given up on 5 shots, were defensive breakdowns. The second and third goal (third most importantly) could have been avoided as a save by Martin Biron could of been made on the shot. Easily could have been 3-2 instead of 4-2. 

Putting Hank into the game was the right choice. Leaving Biron in the third could of been disastrous because of the feeling that he could of kept his play going from the second. Hank did a really good job keeping the team in it. Probably his best period of action so far this season.

If Brad Richards continues this pace he’ll be a 30 goal scorer this season easily. I like Richards, always did, I figured a bounce back season was going to happen for him, with the Rangers or on a different team. I’m just glad he’s doing it in New York. 

Cally getting his first two goals of the season, and Stepan getting two assists are showing that their legs are not only getting back under them, but that they are also returning to form. Now Step needs to put some in the back of the net. But Step is a point per game player so far.

The Rangers now get to enjoy some East Coast living as they return home for a few days of practice before hopping on a train and heading towards the Verizon Center in Washington DC to take on the Washington Capitals as part of ‘Wednesday Night Rivalry’. The game starts at 7:30 on NBCSN.

Topics: Martin Biron, New York Rangers, NHL, St. Louis Blues

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  • Centerman

    The problems the Rangers are having are not systemic at all. I wish it was but their problem has been basic coverage defending against the rush. All have been bad but for Staal, Girardi, & McDonagh to be as bad as they’ve been is alarming to me. I bet we see a different team on Wed in DC. I hope it was the long road trip which is never easy. Looking back at camp and Sathers idea to have it in Banff. While it was for a good cause with the charity work the team did up there, it ends up being just another 2 weeks the players were away from home. Not looking like a great idea right now. The team looks tired and unfocused the last 3 games. Though there was at least some fight in them in St Louis. The next few days off will be crucial for practice time and time back home. They need Hagelin back and Nash to get healthy and return.

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